'''Vito "Don Vitone" Genovese''' (November 27, 1897 – February 14, 1969) was an Italian-American mobster
who rose to power during Prohibition
as an enforcer in the American Mafia
. A long time associate of Charles Luciano
, Genovese took part in the Castellammarese War
and helped shape the rise of the Mafia and organized crime in the United States. He would later lead Luciano's crime family, which was renamed the Genovese crime family
, for 12 years.
He was known as capo di tutti capi|Boss of all Bosses
from 1957 to 1959 when he ruled the most powerful criminal organization in the country and maintained influence over others.
Along with longtime associate Charles Luciano
, he is deemed responsible for expanding the heroin
trade to an international level. For a brief period during World War II
, he supported Benito Mussolini
's regime in Italy
for fear of being deported back...